Q Shelter Bulletin
Thursday, 19 November 2020
In this Bulletin:
  1. Q Shelter communique
  2. AHURI National Conference update
  3. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement
  4. Q Shelter update
  5. Sector news and updates
Q Shelter promotes the need for investment in social housing as part of economic stimulus
Q Shelter has written to new Minister Leeanne Enoch welcoming her to the new portfolio of Communities and Housing. Q Shelter also highlighted the importance of State Government investment in social housing supply as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. We have ensured Minister Enoch has received Q Shelter’s policy statements from 2020 which include proposals about funding for housing growth and for enhanced support to sustain tenancies.
Recent announcements of significant investment in social housing in Victoria is encouraging. It is heartening to see a significant role for community housing providers as well.
You can read Q Shelter’s communique to the sector about the Victorian initiative here.
Q Shelter is supporting the participation of people with a lived experience of homelessness to attend the National Homelessness Conference on 1-2 December.
We are seeking applications across Queensland of people known to have experienced homelessness. This includes women who have experienced domestic and family violence, young people, Aboriginal people, older people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse people, people from regional and remote locations and people who identify as LGBTIQ. We also encourage applications from people who have experienced different forms of homelessness such as rough sleeping and couch surfing.
Supported places include a full registration (two days) to the National Homelessness Conference. There are 13 supported places available in Queensland. Ten (10) of these are sponsored by Q Shelter, and the remaining three by the Salvation Army. 
If the person is applying directly, the application is responsible for ensuring they have access to the internet connect and a device to access the online conference. Nominating organisations are responsible for ensuring the applicant has access to the necessary technology to be able to access the online conference. 
The application form can be downloaded here (please disregard the dates on the application form). 
Application forms are to be returned to Q Shelter by COB Tuesday 24th November 2020. Please send to
For further information, please contact Emma Greenhalgh via email or call 3831 5900. 
Q Shelter's annual program of events and engagement
Facilitation Training for Care Coordinators
Q Shelter is hitting the road to host a series of regional workshops, focused on the role of the care coordination facilitator. 
Hosted by Q Shelter's Service Integration Facilitator, Stephen Hawkins, the workshops are“training with a purpose”, and aim to support place-based organisations that are involved in and genuinely committed to the care coordination process.
Training Outcomes
As an outcome of this 3 hour workshop, participants will gain an understanding of:
  • preparing for a care coordination meeting: process design, stakeholder communication and commitment, format setting
  • running a care coordination meeting: creating an inclusive environment, managing dynamic and conflict, neutrality, micro-skills, story building, and capturing outcomes
Click here to find out more about these workshops
CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Q Shelter would like to invite you to the CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.
This forum provides the community housing and homelessness sector an opportunity to showcase it’s achievements and demonstrate progress on growth projects and service delivery innovations.
Confirmed showcase presentations from:
  • Access Community Housing Company
  • BlueCHP
  • BHC Creating Liveable Communities
  • Bric Housing Company
  • Brisbane Youth Service
  • Churches of Christ in Queensland
  • Communify
  • Roseberry Qld
  • Yellowbridge Queensland
The forum will also include an opportunity for CEO’s and senior leaders of the sector to come together in their own session to develop a sector wide strategy for engagement with the returned Queensland State Government.
You can register for the CEO Forum at this link here
Q Shelter Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 / 4.45pm for a 5.00pm start
You're invited to join us online for Q Shelter's AGM this year.
This event will see the election of our Management Committee, announcement of the 2020 Deirdre Coghlan Bursary, as well as feature a special presentation of the year in review.
You can register for the AGM at this link here
Housing Older Women: Join older women who are collaborating to create innovative housing solutions
Thursday, 26 November 2020 / 2.00pm - 3.30pm
You're invited to continue or join in this ongoing meeting of persons interested in the issue of older women and access to affordable, amenable, secure and sustainable housing, in fact, their ‘home’.
Click here for more information
Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 26 November 2020 / 10.30am - 12.00pm
Asset management is a vital part of community housing provision.
This Learning Exchange focusses on the day to day challenges, providing opportunities to access collegial support as well as hear from guest speakers and structured sessions.
It is a forum to also share practices, tools and resources.Further information including an agenda will be forwarded to participants prior to the meeting.
Click here for more information
Brisbane Food Security Summit
Friday, 27 November 2020 / 9.00am-12.30pm
Zoom Meeting details will be provided upon registration.
This event, funded by the Dignity First Fund, brings together groups and     services working to address the needs of people in Brisbane for food security. The purpose of the workshop is to improve coordination of food services and strengthen options for adequate supply particularly as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt.   
This event will also explore practices that support access, equity and dignity     in the process of achieving food security. Food providers and agencies who     refer people for assistance are all welcome to attend. 
Click here to register
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 27 November 2020 / 2.30pm - 3.15pm
This monthly event is a discussion and learning exchange for community housing providers who are working on growth projects.
It is intended to be an opportunity to exchange learning and also identify challenges and barriers with the view to finding solutions.
Find out more information about this event
Q Shelter Learning Exchange
Tuesday, 1 December 2020 / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Join us for a monthly teleconferencefor housing, homelessness and support services to raise challenges, exchange ideas and learn about resources.
Find out more about this exchange here
Q Shelter Governance Training
Wednesday,17 February 2021 / 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Q Shelter is providing an in-depth session covering the essential legal duties and   governance best practices for boards and committees of organisations. This   programme is suitable for CEOs, directors, consultants and senior managers   who seek to understand the role of the board in the context of their   community housing organisation or homelessness service.
  • $135 Q Shelter members
  • $150 non-members
Q Shelter offers this training free to people experiencing homelessness, and to people receiving a Centrelink payment. The training is also free to social housing   tenants who are not sponsored by their community housing provider.
Click here to find out more about this exciting training opportunity
Q Shelter update
Regional Representatives Meeting
Last week, Q Shelter welcomed delegates from across 13 regions to the bi-annual meeting Regional Representatives Network meeting. These delegates represent housing and homelessness networks from across Queensland, and are appointed from their regions to be a conduit to Q Shelter and Government. This meeting saw the Network welcome a delegate from the Mareeba and the Tablelands region.
For twenty-five years, Q Shelter has convened these representatives to ensure regional input on challenges and solutions to housing need and homelessness, and to engage directly with their colleagues in the Department of Housing.
The Network meeting was timely and provided an opportunity for the Network delegates to discuss the recent election outcomes, and extend an invitation to Minister Leeanne Enoch to meet with the Network and supporting place based responses to housing and homelessness in Queensland.
If you are part of a regional Housing and Homelessness Network that is not a member of the Q Shelter Regional Representatives Network, please contact us.
It was terrific to celebrate NAIDOC Week with a lunchbox learning session at Q Shelter.
This was hosted as part of Q Shelter’s workforce development approach towards stronger reconciliation, and the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan.
The team took time to learn more about the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and were delighted to share lunch with Uncle Joe Kirk, Aboriginal elder for Turrbal people, accomplished artist and proud Wakka Wakka man.
The team also learned more about the development of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and reflected on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and shared Aboriginal dreamtime stories.
Q Shelter would also like to thank Uncle Joe, who created beautiful message sticks that will be provided to recipients of this year's Deirdre Coghlan Bursary.
Always was and always will be.
Sector news and updates
News: Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP announced as Queensland Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts
With regard to housing, homelessness, and communities; the Minister has principal responsibilities for: 
  • Community Housing assistance
  • Housing assistance policy
  • Indigenous Housing assistance
  • Private Housing assistance
  • Public Housing
  • Registration of Retirement Villages
  • Regulation of accommodation services – boarding houses and residential parks
  • Community Care
  • Community Recovery
  • Community Services
  • Social Inclusion
Read more about these Ministerial responsibilities here
Click above to find out more information about Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP.
Research: Policy coordination and housing outcomes during COVID-19 (AHURI)
This study is a critical first step for on-going assessment of the outcomes and impacts of the broad suite of initiatives deployed by governments in response to the pandemic.
Read more here
News: Victorian Government aims to create 43,000 jobs with $5.3 billion public housing spend (ABC News)
Construction will start immediately on what is being described as the largest ever investment by a state government in public housing across the country.
Read more here
News: Social housing boost could power Australia's recovery from coronavirus recession (ABC News)
A coalition of anti-poverty groups, unions, construction industry bodies and the multi-billion-dollar heft of the industry super sector have come together to try to fix Australia's biggest housing problem: social housing.
Read more here
News: NSW takes the lead on ending stamp duty (Australian Financial Review)
NSW will lead the way on tax reform with its plan to make the transition from stamp duty on property purchases to a land tax, as part of a suite of measures designed to stimulate the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus recession.
Read more here
Grant: Community Support Funding Program (Brisbane City Council)
This program offers financial assistance to:
  • community groups facing financial hardships
  • providers of affordable housing in Brisbane.
Successful community groups and service providers are credited a percentage of their annual general rates paid in the previous financial year.
Applications are now open until midnight Monday 25 January 2021.
Please read the grant guidelines prior to preparing your application.
If you need further information about this grant, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Grants Unit.
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